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Saturday, April 18, 2009

An open letter from the St. Johns River Water Management District

Published April 17, 2009 - Ponte Vedra Recorder
On April 13, the District’s Governing Board approved a permit for Seminole County to withdraw water from the St. Johns River to augment its reclaimed water system and to supplement its drinkable groundwater supply. In using limited supplies of water from the St. Johns River, Seminole County will join the city of Melbourne, which has been using water from the river for nearly 50 years to meet public water supply needs. In addition, industry has used water at various locations along the river, with the largest uses in Duval County.

The Board’s decision was not reached lightly. The process took nearly five years, and District staff spent more than three of those years evaluating the potential impacts of the withdrawal. Ultimately, District staff recommended approval of a permit because the allocation will not cause harm to the river.

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